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Did OnStar Accidently Confirm An SS Model In 2014?


William Maley
Editor/Reporter - CheersandGears.com
April 25, 2012

A few days after we caught wind of GM trademarking the SS nameplate, a blogger uncovered an interesting entry in a OnStar document.

Christopher Price found on OnStar's vehicle compatibility guide that the 2014 Chevrolet lineup includes an "SS Performance" entry. Could this be the mysterious RWD Chevrolet sedan that we've been hearing about for the past few months?

Source: christopherprice.net, Motoramic
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I never thought I'd see Jummy johnson and Michael Stipe mentioned in the same sentence, even on C&G. Very clever, hyper! :)
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We will see the race car soon as they will begin testing it shortly. I assume the street car may show up at a show this year even before this years NY show.

This is one they will have a hard time hiding since the track testing will leave it out in the open. They still can hide the name but some of the body details will be shown even in primer.

Might note too I have noticed Jimmy johnson Lowes car has adopted the old Chevelle SS Stripe. Also he used a special GM Color at Kansas that was used ont he Chevelle and Camaro.

Note I corrected my early AM typo post for those who tend to be overtly immature.
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As for name that is still a toss up as nothing solid has been given. A web site predicting the future can be changed easily.

It will have a SS tag along with another name and at this point no one outside GM seems to know if it is old or new. The only thing we do know is that Al called it the SS Peformance Sedan and that they had the name chosen at the least a year and a half ago when he spoke of it.


True, a web site predicting the future can be changed, but a PRESS RELEASE by GM canNOT be changed. That press release stated a NEW name to the brand, which means that it canNOT be an old nameplate. Period. Ch#$r%*et wasn't smart enough to clarify.


And, it doesn't sound like a change, per se. The car will be a 2014 model, available in 2013. So, the nameplate raced WILL be a nameplate sold at the dealerships at the same time.



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New name can be taken different ways. Is it a new name never used before or is it a new name that is not being currently used. It could go either way. We only know for sure is it already has one per GM, it is just unknown to us.. To me it matters little what it is called as I have no hang up it has to be a old or new name mor the number off doors it has. I just want it built.

Note just some trivia. The Fiero name was originally the Peguses and was changed so late for some unknown reason today to Fiero so late was the change that the emblem kept the Flying Horse in it. GM fell back to a name Fiero that they claimed ment Proud in Itallian and chosen outr of a book in a late night meeting. But that did not explain the use of the name in 1a 968 show car the Firebird Fiero where it ment FIrebird Aero Concept. In other words the one name was rejected and they pulled out one they owned the rights to and semi applied a meaning to it.
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This is exciting as no one seems to have seen any new Name filing with the pattent office so I must assume the name will be new, but old. One they already have the rights to use but has not been in use for the last 10 years or longer.

Wonder if this car could be a new Beretta or GTO?

Looking at http://en.wikipedia...._General_Motors

I have to assume the name will be something from their history bin.

Anyone have a complete list of Auto Names for GM?

Forbes has a interesting story on Weirdest, worst and best names in the auto industry. Not sure I totally agree with them. http://www.forbes.co...l_0712feat.html
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Someone brought up Monte Carlo as a possible name, which makes sense given the NASCAR angle. I guess we just have to wait and see..
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Someone brought up Monte Carlo as a possible name, which makes sense given the NASCAR angle. I guess we just have to wait and see..


I could understand this if it was not for the fact that allot of people do not have the best memories of this car. With GM having owned so many other car companies, they are sitting on a ton of new / Old names. That is why I think they could pull something out of the Pontiac/Oldmobile/ older current names.

New/Old Auto Names

Chevy Torpedo
Chevy BelAir
Chevy Firebird
Chevy Skylark
Chevy Cutlass
Chevy Hellcat

I think the name used will be older than 10-15 years old from the history bins.
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The only one i san see out of those making any sense is Bel Air. Even GM isn't stupid enough to trip over its own history and give a Buick, Olds, or Pontiac name to a Chevy, especially the storied ones like you mentioned.

Given that the car is a cousin of the Caprice, Bel Air is appropriate from a historical perspective. Whether or not it belongs on a performance-themed sedan is up for debate, but I'd be for it.
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It is "new car" with a "name not currently" in the "North American" "Chevrolet brand"

lots of wiggle room there.

The only one i san see out of those making any sense is Bel Air. Even GM isn't stupid enough to trip over its own history and give a Buick, Olds, or Pontiac name to a Chevy, especially the storied ones like you mentioned.

Given that the car is a cousin of the Caprice, Bel Air is appropriate from a historical perspective. Whether or not it belongs on a performance-themed sedan is up for debate, but I'd be for it.


It also kinda goes with Malibu.
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It is "new car" with a "name not currently" in the "North American" "Chevrolet brand"

lots of wiggle room there.


The only one i san see out of those making any sense is Bel Air. Even GM isn't stupid enough to trip over its own history and give a Buick, Olds, or Pontiac name to a Chevy, especially the storied ones like you mentioned.

Given that the car is a cousin of the Caprice, Bel Air is appropriate from a historical perspective. Whether or not it belongs on a performance-themed sedan is up for debate, but I'd be for it.


It also kinda goes with Malibu.

Well, the Commodore was sold as the Lumina SS in the Middle East...but I can't see Lumina making an NA comeback. Chevelle, Laguna, or Caprice would be good choices, IMO. Past Chevy big car names like Bel Air, Delray, Biscayne seem too old-timey, along with Fleetline, Master, Master Deluxe, etc...
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This is where I'll point out that Commodore has not been in the US market.
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Commodore means little to most Americans. I would include it in the possibilities but I would rate it as a low chance of beig used.

I had considered Laguna but it was not real popular. I had considered Bel Air SS I like the sound and it would fit with the Caprice in a way as in the past Chevy used different names in the same lime like 210. Biscayne Bel Air etc.

Chevelle is close to the Malibu but the Chevelle name was never used on small FWD car.

Nova is too cheap of a name to use on a $40K car.

I hate to say it but Monte Carlos connection to NASCAR is strong and it has been a big name for Chevy for years. Adding two doors did not hurt the Challanger like many thought and adding two doors to a powerful great handling sports sedan should do well.

As much as I would love to see an older name not used in along time like Bel Air I thing it may get Monte Carlo in the end. Just a hunch.

You can forget Lumina, Cutlass, GTO or any other division name. GM looks like they are keeping a little retro in all their new cars. Most seem to use a old name or like the impala updated older emblems.
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Anyone paying attention that a V6 may be on for 2015 and the wagon and ute car being considered on the Zeta II.

I know we have been throught this before but with Mark running the NA market and chapter 11 issue now behind they may have a chance. This may be why we are seeing Chevy push a limited edition sedan in NASCAR. It kind of make sense now.
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This is exciting as no one seems to have seen any new Name filing with the pattent office so I must assume the name will be new, but old. One they already have the rights to use but has not been in use for the last 10 years or longer.


Yes, I've thought about that, too.

*rolls eyes*


It is "new car" with a "name not currently" in the "North American" "Chevrolet brand"


Nice try, Drew. That "name not currently" phrase was in an article. That was NOT the Ch#$r%*et press release.

THIS is the press release wording:

The countdown to the debut of Chevrolet’s next NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racecar is underway. Chevrolet announced today that for the 2013 season, Team Chevy will be racing a vehicle based on a new nameplate to the brand’s lineup.

Taking advantage of the new NASCAR rules, which allow manufacturers to display more of their brand identity in their racecars, the new Chevrolet racecar will closely resemble the production version. Both cars will be unveiled in the coming year.


Since they used the phrase, "new nameplate to the brand's lineup", this implies a name never seen in the lineup before. Oh, I know the wiggle room. Trouble is, Ch#$r%*et, in its INFINITE wisdom, wasn't smart enough TO clarify. Their own fault. Period.


And, hyper, GM has proven before that it doesn't care whether or not an old name was used on FWD or not. Look at the Nova, Monte Carlo, Impala and Malibu. Besides, I thought this "SS" model was supposed to be RWD, anyway...? And ... adding 2 doors didn't hurt the Charger, not the Challenger.



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Knightfan you can roll your eyes at me any time you want, but with a bottle of wine in me and an end to a very intense work week, I will always smile and take it to the bank. :P
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LOL! I wasn't rolling my eyes AT you ... I was rolling my eyes at the fact that you pointed out, about which I had been thinking.....



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LOL! I wasn't rolling my eyes AT you ... I was rolling my eyes at the fact that you pointed out, about which I had been thinking.....



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No offense taken, I am feeling too good and considering opening another bottle of wine. :P You have an awesome weekend. :D
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This is exciting as no one seems to have seen any new Name filing with the pattent office so I must assume the name will be new, but old. One they already have the rights to use but has not been in use for the last 10 years or longer.


Yes, I've thought about that, too.

*rolls eyes*


It is "new car" with a "name not currently" in the "North American" "Chevrolet brand"


Nice try, Drew. That "name not currently" phrase was in an article. That was NOT the Ch#$r%*et press release.

THIS is the press release wording:

The countdown to the debut of Chevrolet’s next NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racecar is underway. Chevrolet announced today that for the 2013 season, Team Chevy will be racing a vehicle based on a new nameplate to the brand’s lineup.

Taking advantage of the new NASCAR rules, which allow manufacturers to display more of their brand identity in their racecars, the new Chevrolet racecar will closely resemble the production version. Both cars will be unveiled in the coming year.


Since they used the phrase, "new nameplate to the brand's lineup", this implies a name never seen in the lineup before. Oh, I know the wiggle room. Trouble is, Ch#$r%*et, in its INFINITE wisdom, wasn't smart enough TO clarify. Their own fault. Period.


And, hyper, GM has proven before that it doesn't care whether or not an old name was used on FWD or not. Look at the Nova, Monte Carlo, Impala and Malibu. Besides, I thought this "SS" model was supposed to be RWD, anyway...? And ... adding 2 doors didn't hurt the Charger, not the Challenger.



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Again sematics. new only means not being used now. So the fact remains it could go either way.

Challanger- Charger you knew what I ment. Either of these cars mean little to me other than it may make GM bring back RWD. I really don't like either Dodge offering.

As for FWD/RWD SS can go on anything that has class leading Goes, Stops and Turns ability.

The Coibalt and HHR SS are good examples where FWD cars done right can out perform many and most SS from the past stock. Modified they are also still right there with the times I have seen posted. The market now has a strong FWD following and if you do not address it sales will be lost. SS mean performance and if used on a proper car I have no issue. Now the 85 Monte Carlo and 96 Malibu SS are reasons not to use SS unless it has real performace ability in all areas.

We should know soon enough what the new name will be. To me it matters little as long as the car is right for the class in performance and styling.
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Again sematics. new only means not being used now. So the fact remains it could go either way.


True, it could go either way. BUT...the idea that "new" only means "not being used now" is shaky, at best, particularly since it was used in an article and NOT in the official GM press release.

The wording of that infamous press release is:

Team Chevy will be racing a vehicle based on a new nameplate to the brand’s lineup.


The wiggle room here would've been far greater had Ch#$r%*et had the wisdom to leave it as "...a vehicle based on a new nameplate." It would've been very clear had they noted it as "a vehicle based on a new nameplate not currently used." But, instead, they added the phrase "to the brand's lineup." If the name is Monte Carlo, Chevelle, Caprice, etc., that will make that entire statement FALSE since all of those names are NOT new nameplates to the brand's lineup.

Arguing semantics? Yes. BUT ... if an individual had made that sort of statement, the public would've torn that individual to pieces. I'm tired of us as a society ragging on individuals for miscues like this, but letting companies get away with crap, extortion, etc. Not acceptable.

And, frankly, it never bothered me that "SS" was used on FWD at all.




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Time will tell if you are right or wrong.
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Time will tell if you are right or wrong.

... or crazy.... :breakdance:
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There was never any "96 Malibu SS" car, ;-)
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There was never any "96 Malibu SS" car, ;-)


True, but this does not seem to go with what their press release says. I still think they are going to pull something out of the bag from a dead brand.
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There was never any "96 Malibu SS" car, ;-)


Ok so we found one person that cared? Sorry LOL!

The 2006 Malibu SS. :rolleyes:
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There was never any "96 Malibu SS" car, ;-)


Ok so we found one person that cared? Sorry LOL!

The 2006 Malibu SS. :rolleyes:


:confused0071: You telling me that poser was an SS????? :rage:
JK I see the sarcasm in your eyes! :P
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